June 9 - June 30, 2021


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Lynda NeefLynda.Neef@lung.org302-565-2068

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We're taking the Fight For Air Climb outdoors so we can come together safely and enjoy the day.

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Every Step Counts

Outdoors, onward, upward and around the world.

COVID-19. Lung Cancer. Lung disease. Clean Air. That’s why we Climb.

This year we're taking the Climb outside and virtually around the world in 2021 with our Climb21 Challenge. We’re moving onward and upward, safely and responsibly, so that we can make an impact now to ensure a healthier future for all. 

Join us outside and virtually "travel the world" for a reimagined Climb starting June 9th and ending June 30th.  All are welcome to share in this adventure, whether you’re new to the event or a veteran Climber.

Introducing Climb21

21 Days. 21 Climbs.

New this year! Climb21 is a chance to Climb Your Way and “travel” the world on your terms with the American Lung Association. For the 21 days in June join us as we virtually “climb” the steps of famous landmarks across the globe, nation and in your own backyard.

Using our updated Fight For Air Climb app’s Activity Tracker* (available for Apple and Android devices), you can track your steps and raise money to earn great prizes while participating in Climb21. Complete local landmarks, take a road trip across the country or explore the world with beautiful and historic locations. The more funds you raise and steps you take for our mission, the more "well-travelled" you’ll be. From a Localista to a high-skies Jet-Setter to a worldly Globetrotter, you can virtually climb the same number of steps as iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Grand Canyon and Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world (a towering 2,909 steps).

We need you in the fight now more than ever. Climb Your Way with Climb21 and Join us for the shared challenge, for the camaraderie, and for a world free of all lung disease, including COVID-19.

*You must be a registered climber to use the Climb mobile app

Contact your local event manager with questions.

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Our Climb Safe Commitment

Our Climb Safe Commitment includes spatial distancing, health screenings, sanitation protocols, and face masks.

The American Lung Association is committed to the health and safety of our participants and volunteers. We will continue to closely monitor public health conditions and CDC guidelines as we plan for the 2021 event.


Why We Climb

  • We embrace a challenge that makes us better
  • Because healthy lungs need clean air to breathe
  • Every step gets us closer to a world without lung disease

Benefits of Climbing

  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Strengthens more major muscle groups compared to walking, running or jogging on a flat surface
  • Consistent stair-climbing as a daily activity helps lower mortality risk

What You Get

  • Every climber receives an official Fight For Air Climb t-shirt
  • A sense of accomplishment for supporting people who are fighting for every breath

Together We've Raised…

  • Raised:

    Goal: $40,000.00

Top Participants

    1. Milestone Joseph Copsey - $170.00
    2. Milestone Lynda Neef - $160.00
    3. Milestone Personal Gift Paul Billings - $100.00

    Top Teams

      1. J&L NEWLUNGS - $170.00
      2. Climbing for a Cure - $160.00
      3. Save Our Lungs Team - $150.00

      Why We Need You in the Fight

      In March, the American Lung Association launched a $25 million initiative to end COVID-19 and defend against future respiratory virus pandemics. At the same time, we're continuing our advocacy work to support clean air and redoubling our long-term commitments to lifesaving research.

      Over the last 11 years, the Climbers have raised more than $60 million to support the mission of the American Lung Association. Last year, more than 26,000 participants from 43 Climb events across the country came together last year to raise more than $7 million.

      Join us. Because Every Step Counts and every step makes a difference.


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